The Primary
of Government
If you were asked what the primary responsibility of
government is to the citizens of the United States,
how would you answer?  This is not a trick
question; although, some people would think it is
since the answer is so simple.  The primary
responsibility of any government is to protect its
citizens.  But, here’s where it gets complicated.  The
word protect has so many different meanings to so
many people dictated by so many different issues
affecting day to day life that the answer needs to be
more defined.  The primary responsibility of any
government is to protect its citizens from man’s
only predator… other men.  But, here again, the
word predator will confuse a lot of people.  So…
let’s put it this way… the primary responsibility of
any government is to protect its citizens from those
who would murder, maim, or enslave its citizens.  
When you become a police officer or a member of
the nation’s armed forces, you must never forget
that you are at the forefront of that primary
United States
Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard Investigative
Service (CGIS)
The Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) is a
federal investigative and protective program
established to carry out the Coast Guard's internal
and external criminal investigations; to assist in
providing personal security services; to protect the
welfare of Coast Guard people; to aid in preserving
the internal integrity of the Coast Guard; and to
support Coast Guard missions worldwide.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service is a federal
law enforcement agency whose law enforcement
authority is derived from Title 14 of the United
States Code. This authority provides for Coast
Guard special agents to conduct investigations of
actual, alleged or suspected criminal activity; carry
firearms; execute and serve warrants; and make

Today CGIS is comprised of approximately 90 active
duty military and civilian special agents and 150
special agents who are members of the Coast
Guard Reserve.  In a period of declining budgets
and personnel resources, CGIS remains firmly
committed to providing effective law enforcement
services, with minimal financial impact to the
taxpayers of the United States.
History of CGIS
United States Coast Guard Missions - The Coast
Guard provides unique benefits to the nation
because of its distinctive blend of military,
humanitarian, and civilian law-enforcement
capabilities. To serve the public, the Coast Guard
has five fundamental roles.
United States Coast Guard Careers - The U.S.
Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US
Armed Forces, and falls under the jurisdiction of the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Coast
Guard is the nation's oldest continuous seagoing
service with responsibilities including Search and
Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE),
Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking,
Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military
Readiness. In order to accomplish these missions
the Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and
women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary
personnel who serve in a variety of job fields
ranging from operation specialists and small-boat
operators and maintenance specialists to electronic
technicians and aviation mechanics.
United States Coast Guard Units - USCG
Headquarters Organization / USCG Headquarters
Units / Atlantic Area / Pacific Area / Districts 1 thru
17 / MLC Atlantic / MLC Pacific
Coast Guard Visual Imagery - Video /
Photography / Audio / Graphics / Coast Guard Art /
Coast Guard Magazine / Pentagon Channel Coast
Guard Video New / Coast Guard Readiness
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United States Coast Guard - Home Page -The
United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a military
branch of the United States involved in maritime
law, mariner assistance, and search and rescue,
among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. One
of the seven uniformed services of the United
States, and the smallest armed service of the
United States, its stated mission is to protect the
public, the environment, and the United States
economic and security interests in any maritime
region in which those interests may be at risk,
including international waters and America's coasts,
ports, and inland waterways.